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Natural History Museum of Utah

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Address: 301 S Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1214
Phone Number: +1 801-581-6927
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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As the Utah state museum of natural history, this top attraction provides...

As the Utah state museum of natural history, this top attraction provides an introduction to the science in Utah's remarkable landscape! With engaging exhibits and over 5,000 artifacts on display, the Museum features Utah's paleontology discoveries, fascinating gems and minerals found world-wide, preserved artifacts from Utah's prehistoric peoples, and stories told by the five Native nations that lie within the state's boundaries.

Journey to the top of a three-story indoor Canyon. Wander through Utah's dinosaurs and animal life. Interact with earthquakes, erosion, and our Digital Globe to discover how the earth's surface and the Great Salt Lake have changed over time. Enjoy breath-taking views from our observatory deck. Hike the Bonneville Shoreline trail. Experience natural history as only Utah can reveal it. Enjoy beverages, lunch or a snack at the Museum Cafe. Shop the Museum Store for unique jewelry and gift items influenced by nature's design. Visitors with young kids will enjoy Our Backyard, an intimate, discovery-based environment that invites our pre-school visitors to experience natural history first hand!

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Great museum. Really well laid out. Great cafe. Great gift shop. Wonderful exhibit about the human DNA and what makes a person them. Beautiful out door spaces. Wonderful museum!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great museum. Really well laid out. Great cafe. Great gift shop. Wonderful exhibit about the human DNA and what makes a person them. Beautiful out door spaces. Wonderful museum!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I can't remember exactly when we went, but it was a fun,interactive experience that I would highly recommend!

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West Valley City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went with my daughter and a friend and her two kids and we had a great time. There is a lot of interactive things to do throughout the museum that the kids had fun playing with. Can't wait to go back again

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Love this new museum. Blends in to the background, highlights the history of the Salt Lake valley and Utah over the centuries

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went with my daughter and grandson. After all the time I have lived here, this is the 1st time I visited. It will not be the last. I am so impressed. While my 5 year old grandson pretty much lost interest after the dinosaurs, there is so much more. We will go again when we have more time to... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been to most of the Smithsonian museums and this definitely in that league. The exhibits are excellent and as you would expect focused on Utah and its diversion culture, climate and history. The museum itself is a beautiful structure in a scenic location. Great place to take the family. If you are a dinosaur fan you must visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great time, my 16 year old loved it, especially the dinosaurs and fossils. And spending time with him is priceless. There is a gift shop and and cafe. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to see everything in Utah's history. Everything from dinosaurs to genome. Go after school to miss the kids

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Falls Church, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a lot of fun with the exhibits, lots of dinosaur skeletons and interactive exhibits for kids. The architecture is modern and fits in well with the landscape.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Hands down an excellent, and extremely well thought out Museum. It's only short coming is that the restrooms are not well laid out for handicap access. Walking in to a 4-story glass display on the second floor was stunning (the 1st floor is strictly for buying tickets and elevator access. We spent 4+ hrs there...literally closing the place down. Wonderful... More 

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